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Series 2: Enabling GPS on your CradlePoint Router

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This article was written based on firmware version 2.0.0

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This article describes the functionality and how to enable the GPS feature on CradlePoint Series 2 routers.  Please note that not all supported cellular modems support GPS.  A cellular modems support for GPS is a function of both the modems functionality and the carriers configuration of that cellular modem.  GPS requires the following three elements:
  1. A cellular modem that supports GPS.
  2. A cellular carrier that allows the GPS functionality on that modem.
  3. Sufficient GPS signal level at the modem deployment location.

Please check the release notes for your routers current firmware version to determine if GPS functionality is supported by your CradlePoint router for your particular cellular modem.  Firmware release notes can be found online on your router models "Firmware Downloads & Release Notes" page.

  1. Log into the routers setup page (click here for instructions).
  2. Click on the MODEM then select GPS in the gray sub-menu on the left of the page.
  3. In the Data Update Settings section select the desired Data Update Settings:User-added image
    • Update Method: determines how the web page's GPS data is updated from the router. When Automatic is chosen the page will update itself at a specified interval.  When the Update Method is set to Manual you must tell the page to update itself. When the Manual method is chosen a button titled 'Update' will be displayed. When the Update button is pushed the page will update it's GPS data
    • Interval:  By default the update interval is 15 seconds. But the interval can be changed using the Update Interval drop down box that is displayed when the Automatic update method is chosen.
  4. In the Map Settings section you can select the following:
    • Load Coordinates into map:  By default when the GPS page reads valid GPS coordinates from the router it will display the location using an online mapping service in a separate browser window. This can be disabled by unchecking the checkbox with the label 'Load Coordinates into map'. Likewise it can be enabled by checking the box.
    • Choose Map ProviderDrop down enables you to choose which online mapping service you have the GPS coordinates sent to.
  5. In the GPS Network Access section you can make the following slections:
    • Enable GPS Network Port: The router makes live GPS data available over the local/wireless network. The GPS data can be read from port 8889 of the router when this option is enabled. This is disabled by default and can be enabled by checking the 'Enable GPS Network Port' checkbox.
    • Enable GPS Network Port on WAN:  GPS data is presented in both NMEA 0183 sentences and Keyhole Markup Language (KML) formatted data. To get NMEA data into a GPS aware application you may need an extra piece of software that can bridge the network NMEA data into a virtual serial port that the GPS application connects to. HTTP requests to the GPS port will return data formatted in KML for use in KML enabled GPS applications. Both NMEA and KML data can be requested simultaneously by multiple users.
  6. Save all selections by clicking the 'Save Settings' button at the top of the page. After saving this option you must reboot the router for the change to have effect.

Viewing GPS information: The Last Known Position section displays the latest update of GPS data the page has received. The best way to get an accurate GPS reading from the router is to use the GPS Network Access feature, step 5 above.

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